Donny van de Beek has had to wait for his chance but he does not mind.
“I just work hard every day,” he said on the eve of Paris Saint-Germain’s visit to Old Trafford in the Champions League. “I know that I can give the team something extra and can help the team a lot. I was just patient.”
It took nine games for the marquee signing of Manchester United’s summer to make his first Premier League start but that finally came in Sunday’s comeback win over Southampton, a few days after being trusted to play from the off in the triumph over Istanbul Basaksehir.
And while Edinson Cavani – the window’s other big-name new arrival – has taken all the headlines in recent days for the right and the wrong reasons, Van de Beek quietly went about his business and seized his opportunities to impress.
There were doubts upon his arrival as to whether he would suit a more reserved role than the No 10 position he excelled in at Ajax, even though he spent much of his final year in Amsterdam playing a similar position.